Rob Schmitz

Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai

Rob Schmitz appears in the following:

The missile strike in Poland was potentially a stray Ukrainian missile

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Initial investigations suggest the missile strike in Poland was not a deliberate attack but potentially a stray Ukrainian missile.

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EU refuses to give Poland money after changes limiting the judiciary's independence

Monday, November 14, 2022

The European Union refuses to give Poland COVID stimulus payments worth billions and is threatening to withhold more unless Poland reverses changes limiting the judiciary's independence.

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Scholz and Xi agree Russia would cross a line with nuclear weapons in Ukraine

Friday, November 04, 2022

After a meeting with Xi in Beijing, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the two leaders agreed that with the use of nuclear weapons, Russia would cross a line drawn by the international community.

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Movie review: 'All Quiet on the Western Front'

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Netflix adaptation of "All Quiet on the Western Front," the classic novel about the horrors of World War I, was directed by a German man and is in the German language.

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Rising energy prices across Europe lead to protests in the Czech capital of Prague

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Russia's war in Ukraine has led to rising energy prices across Europe, which in turn is leading to protests and rising tensions in many parts of the continent.

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Americans are concerned about their economy, and the global economic outlook is worse

Friday, October 21, 2022

Inflation and fears of a recession are dominating headlines in the U.S., and a series of global crises means that the economic outlook is even more precarious in some other parts of the world.

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A 1,000-year-old German boys choir is now accepting girls

Monday, October 10, 2022

For the first time since its founding over 1,000 years ago, the Regensburg Cathedral choir and school has begun admitting girls. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 12, 2022.)

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An act of sabotage shut down parts of Germany's rail system for hours this weekend

Sunday, October 09, 2022

Officials say a key train communications system was compromised, stranding passenger and cargo trains across the northwest of the country on Saturday.

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Here's what to know about the Nobel Peace Prize winners

Friday, October 07, 2022

The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize are recognized, the Nobel Committee said, for years of protecting the fundamental rights of citizens in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

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Nobel Peace Prize: Human rights activists in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are honored

Friday, October 07, 2022

The winners are human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski from Belarus, as well as the Russian human rights organization Memorial and the Ukrainian human rights organization Center for Civil Liberties.

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Germany is preparing for a rough winter of sky-high energy costs

Thursday, October 06, 2022

The German government is setting aside 5% of its annual GDP to help the country get through what promises to be a tough winter — as energy prices climb to unprecedented levels.

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The theories of what caused the Nord Stream leaks

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

It has become clear to European leaders that the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines that run from Russia to Germany were an act of sabotage. Natural gas has been leaking into the Baltic Seas.

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What caused 2 key natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to rupture?

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

European officials have raised "sabotage" concerns after seismologists say explosions preceded leaks in Russian-owned Nord Stream gas pipelines on Monday.

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EU debates whether to take in those fleeing Russia

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The European Union is split over whether to give refuge to Russians fleeing after President Vladimir Putin announced last week that men with military experience would be called up to fight in Ukraine.

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Seismologists suspect explosions damaged undersea pipelines that carry Russian gas

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The events on Monday in the Baltic Sea resembled blasts from depth charges or mines, according to a Swedish researcher. They caused major leaks from the inactive Nord Stream pipelines.

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Amid an energy crisis, Germany turns to the world's dirtiest fossil fuel

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Coal-fired power plants across Germany were scheduled to be shut down by the end of the year. But with Russia cutting gas deliveries, Germany is turning to coal.

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Struggling with its past, Germany's 1,000-year-old choir admits girls for the 1st time

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Since its founding over 1,000 years ago, this Catholic music school and song group in Regensburg, Germany, has been boys only. Until now.

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A 1,000-year-old German boys choir is now accepting girls

Monday, September 12, 2022

Since its founding in 975 A.D., the Regensburg Cathedral boys choir has only admitted boys. But starting on September 12, it will allow girls.

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Germany announces a multibillion dollar inflation relief package

Monday, September 05, 2022

The German government has announced a $65 billion dollar relief package to help citizens facing soaring inflation and surging energy costs as Russia cuts off its gas supplies to Europe.

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At Latvia's border with Russia, the line grows long, and tempers short

Sunday, September 04, 2022

European sanctions on Russia over Ukraine have caused major traffic backups along the Latvian border. And truckers can feel the mounting tension between Russia and NATO members like Latvia.

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